Dub­nyk, Wild shut out Preda­tors 4-0

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ST PAUL: De­van Dub­nyk made 23 saves for his third shutout of the sea­son and Ryan Suter had a goal and two as­sists against his for­mer team, help­ing the Min­nesota Wild beat the Nashville Preda­tors 4-0 on Satur­day night. Mikael Gran­lund, Jonas Brodin and Thomas Vanek also scored for Min­nesota, which had dropped three in a row. Suter notched his first ca­reer goal against the team he played for his first seven NHL sea­sons. Pekka Rinne made 23 saves for Nashville, which has been outscored 8-0 the past two games. The Preda­tors lost at Colum­bus on Fri­day night. A testy game be­tween Cen­tral Di­vi­sion foes fea­tured three fights, and a 10minute mis­con­duct against Nashville’s Mike Ribeiro.


Antti Niemi got his sec­ond shutout this sea­son, Jamie Benn scored two third-pe­riod goals and Dal­las beat Buf­falo for its fifth straight win. Niemi made 22 saves to shut down a Sabres team that has only scored four goals in its last four games. Benn’s first goal was at 7:11 af­ter the Stars failed to score on their first four power plays. He scored again at 9:04, and Tyler Seguin as­sisted on both goals. The Stars have won eight of their last nine games and lead the league with 34 points. Buf­falo’s Chad John­son made 29 saves, in­clud­ing 15 in the third pe­riod.


Brent Burns scored twice for San Jose, and Pa­trick Mar­leau got his 1,000th ca­reer point. Mar­leau be­came the 83rd NHL player to reach 1,000 points with an as­sist on Burns’ first goal 7:54 into the game. Burns has seven goals this year, and the Sharks have won the first five games of a sea­son-high six-game trip that ends tonight against Colum­bus. Sharks de­fense­man Paul Martin scored his first goal of the sea­son and had an as­sist against his old team. Phil Kes­sel scored his sev­enth of the sea­son for Pitts­burgh. Marc-An­dre Fleury made 26 saves.


Daniel Sedin had three goals and an as­sist and twin brother Hen­rik Sedin added a goal and four as­sists, lead­ing Van­cou­ver to the win. Daniel Sedin’s ninth goal of the sea­son snapped a 3-3 tie at 14:35 of the third, and he scored again just two min­utes later. Alexan­dre Bur­rows added an empty-net­ter with 38 sec­onds left as Van­cou­ver stopped a four-game slide. It was Sedin’s first hat trick since Dec. 6, 2011, against Colorado. Hen­rik set a ca­reer high for points and matched his ca­reer best for as­sists, ac­com­plished three times pre­vi­ously. Jonathan Toews had a goal and an as­sist for the Black­hawks, and Ryan Gar­butt and Artem Anisi­mov also scored. Pa­trick Kane as­sisted on Anisi­mov’s ty­ing goal at 12:20 of the third, run­ning his ca­reer-best point streak to 16 games. He has 10 goals and 16 as­sists in the surge.


Teemu Pulkki­nen scored 4:41 into over­time, lifting Detroit to the vic­tory. Pavel Dat­syuk, Luke Glen­den­ing and Dy­lan Larkin also scored and Jimmy Howard made 30 saves for the Red Wings. Detroit has won three of its last four, in­clud­ing a 3-2 win at home over Los An­ge­les on Fri­day night. Kyle Brodziak, Jori Le­htera and Vladimir Tarasenko scored for St. Louis, and Jake Allen made 28 saves. The Blues have lost four of six.


Rick Nash scored 2:01 into over­time for his third goal of the game, lifting the Rangers to the road win. Mats Zuc­carello and Vik­tor Stal­berg scored in the third pe­riod to put the Rangers ahead 4-2. Hen­rik Lundqvist made 39 saves as New York bounced back af­ter a loss at Tampa Bay on Thurs­day night snapped its nine-game win­ning streak. Jaromir Jagr, Alek­sander Barkov, Jussi Joki­nen and Nick Bjugstad scored for the Pan­thers. Roberto Luongo stopped 26 shots.


Alex Ovechkin scored one of Wash­ing­ton’s four goals in the first, lead­ing the Cap­i­tals to the win. Evgeny Kuznetsov had two as­sists be­fore adding his sev­enth goal of the sea­son in the third pe­riod, pro­vid­ing Wash­ing­ton some in­sur­ance. Ja­son Chimera had three as­sists, Ovechkin also added a late as­sist in a three-goal third pe­riod, and Dmitry Orlov and Nate Schmidt got their first goals of the sea­son for the Caps. Colorado goal­tender Reto Berra gave up four goals for the third straight game and was re­placed af­ter the first pe­riod by Calvin Pickard. Nathan MacKinnon scored his ninth goal of the sea­son for the Avalanche, who al­lowed seven goals for the first time this sea­son.


Steven Stamkos had two goals and an as­sist for Tampa Bay, and Ben Bishop made 30 saves. Nikita Kucherov, Brian Boyle and Jonathan Marches­sault also scored for the Light­ning, who had 21 goals over their pre­vi­ous 13 games. The Ducks com­pleted a four-game road trip at 2-2. It was Bishop’s first shutout this sea­son.


Zdeno Chara scored at 16:17 of the third pe­riod and Tuukka Rask held on for his sec­ond shutout of the sea­son, pow­er­ing Bos­ton to the vic­tory. Bos­ton out­shot Toronto 37-22, but goal­tender James Reimer kept the Maple Leafs in the game. Brad Marc­hand added an empty-net goal in the fi­nal sec­onds, send­ing the Bru­ins to con­sec­u­tive home wins for the first time this sea­son. Reimer had 35 saves, but he was un­able to stop Chara’s slap shot from the left cir­cle. Zach Trot­man and Matt Be­leskey as­sisted on Chara’s third goal of the sea­son. It was Rask’s 28th ca­reer shutout.


Mike Hoff­man had a goal and an as­sist for Ot­tawa, and Craig An­der­son made 36 saves for his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive shutout. Mika Zibane­jad, Milan Michalek and Kyle Tur­ris also scored for the Sen­a­tors. An­der­son helped Ot­tawa beat Colum­bus 3-0 on Thurs­day night. Steve Ma­son made 27 saves for the Fly­ers, who lost 1-0 at home to San Jose two nights ago. The Sen­a­tors had a 3-0 lead af­ter two pe­ri­ods.


Chris Thor­burn scored a short-handed goal with 8:51 left, lifting Win­nipeg to the vic­tory. Mark Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien also scored to help the Jets earn con­sec­u­tive wins for the first time since Oct. 31. Win­nipeg goal­tender On­drej Pav­elec left af­ter two pe­ri­ods due to a lower-body in­jury. He stopped 20 of the 22 shots be­fore Michael Hutchin­son earned the win in re­lief by stop­ping seven third-pe­riod shots. Shane Doan and Con­nor Mur­phy had pow­er­play goals in the first pe­riod for Ari­zona. An­ders Lind­back made 20 saves. — AP

MIN­NESOTA: Nashville Preda­tors cen­ter Mike Fisher (12) hits Min­nesota Wild left wing Thomas Vanek, right, of Aus­tria, dur­ing the first pe­riod of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn, Satur­day. — AP

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